7 transportation updates from Cedar Park, Leander for July 2019

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Here are 7 updates on transportation projects in Cedar Park and Leander from July.

ONGOING PROJECTS

1. The San Gabriel Parkway extension connects San Gabriel from CR 270 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. Construction for Phase 1 of the project is expected to finish in October, according to Leander city spokesperson Mike Neu, and construction on the second phase may begin in early 2020 and be complete at the end of that year. The project costs $1.56 million and is funded by Leander’s general obligation bonds.
Timeline: November-October (first phase)

2. Bagdad Road in Leander is being expanded to five lanes from Hero Way West to San Gabriel Parkway and to three lanes from San Gabriel to Collaborative Way. Contractors are completing work on sidewalks and electric services, according to Neu. The project costs $8.2 million and is funded by the city of Leander and Williamson County.
Timeline: April 2017-August 2019

RECENT UPDATES

3. New Hope Drive extension
A ribbon cutting commemorating the completion of the New Hope Drive extension project took place June 25. The New Hope extension project constructed four lanes from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ronald Reagan Boulevard and included an extension of Arrow Point Drive. The extension allows for additional capacity for east-west traffic through Cedar Park.
Timeline: August 2017-June 2019
Cost: $9.4 million
Funding sources: Cedar Park’s 2015 bond program, Williamson County

4. Leander street rehabilitation
Several streets are being improved as part of the city of Leander’s 2019 Street Rehabilitation Project. Projects include repairs to the following roads: A Bagdad Road from CR 280 to around Live Oak Road, B Halsey Drive from Bagdad to San Gabriel Parkway, C Journey Parkway,  D Osage Drive from Quick Fort Drive to Lakeline Boulevard and E Horseshoe Drive to Lion Drive. The project also includes minor repairs of Crystal Falls Parkway. Construction began June 3 and will continue through early September, according to Neu.
Timeline: June-September
Cost: $1,688,331.50 (construction only)
Funding source: Leander general fund

5. Guardrail improvements
A project repairing and upgrading guardrails in Williamson County had been in the works since last year. The project was completed during the month of June, according to Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Brad Wheelis. Several locations on US 183 were completed, including from Hwy. 29 to the Burnet County line, as well as a section from New Hope Drive to South Lakeline Boulevard.
Timeline: October-June
Cost: $1.2 million
Funding source: federal funds

Upcoming projects

6. Bicycle Lane Phase 1A
Bicycle lanes will be expanded on four Cedar Park roads this year. The additions are part of the first phase in a project aimed at making the city more bike-friendly. The Bicycle Lane Phase 1A project adds 47,000 feet of bicycle lanes to existing pavement on A Brushy Creek Road, B Little Elm Trail, C New Hope Drive and  D Buttercup Creek Boulevard. Design for the project is currently underway, and construction is expected to begin in the fall, according to Cedar Park city spokesperson Jennie Huerta.
Timeline: fall-end of 2019
Cost: $350,000
Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Co. (Type B Board)

7. RM 2243 repaving
A project on RM 2243 repaves the road from US 183 to Weir Ranch Road. Lane closures are expected to occur as the project begins, according to Wheelis. The contractor plans to begin work in August and could be working days and/or nights on the project, according to Wheelis.
Timeline: August-fall 2019
Cost: $1.31 million (construction only)
Funding source: federal funds

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Marisa Charpentier
Marisa Charpentier joined Community Impact in September 2018. After working as an intern, she became a reporter for the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. Charpentier graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors.
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